On Tuesday evening, Fox News announced which GOP presidential candidates will participate in the first official prime-time debate of this presidential cycle on Thursday.
Here's who made the cut:
1. Mogul Donald Trump
2. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
3. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
4. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
5. Dr. Ben Carson
6. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas)
7. Sen. Marco Rubio (Florida)
8. Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky)
9. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
10. Ohio Gov. John Kasich
Before the main event on Thursday at 9 p.m. EST, Fox will host a second debate for candidates who polled above 1 percent but who did not make it into the top 10. That debate will take place at 5 p.m. EST on Thursday.
The (invited) junior-varsity squad:
1. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry
2. Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pennsylvania)
3. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
4. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina
5. Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)
6. Former New York Gov. George Pataki
7. Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore
Republican campaigns — especially those near the bubble — were fretting about making it into the top tier of candidates. Some demanded that Fox reveal which polls it was using to determine the debate lineup, but Fox initially refused to disclose which polls they were looking at. On Tuesday, the network revealed that polls conducted by Bloomberg, CBS News, Fox News, Monmouth University, and Quinnipiac University determined the average score of each contestant.